It had been many years since Bavid had worked at the Grand Hospital Under the Mountain. He had returned to his home, the village surrounding the Temple of Verram.
Tooth had been following his meandering path, arriving in the village just before the commotion. He greeted Bavid in his usual way and asked where the half-handed one was. Bavid hadn’t seen Ruben in almost as long as Tooth, but their conversation was cut short by a sudden and urgent announcement from the Temple. The Door was active!!
Scholars, guards, temple officials, and other townsfolk gathered around the ancient door. The heroes were among the crowd watching when the door opened and Ruben stepped through from the great mageocratic city of Gredonia.
It was a quick reunion. Bavid was preparing to set out for his Pathfinding, and needed to find his assigned partner, Jasper. While he tracked Jasper down, Tooth and Ruben gathered a couple more hands: a fighter named Richard, who was going as long as they promised a detour to the Shattered Keep to kill the hag who dwelt there, and a well-weathered field guide named Kahlan. Altogether, the six left down through the south stairs and headed out into the Forest of Pell. Kahlan showed them the path and went to scout ahead, leaving the rest to follow. Most of the morning passed uneventfully, before the party heard a strange noise to the east. They left their path and explored the sound, and came upon a dying earth elemental, who they healed. It seemed to be trying to protect them from a spectral presence, creeping in on them from deeper in the forest.
After leaving the scene with the elemental, they wondered why their scout had missed it, and the elemental communicated to them that it had seen a humanoid being abducted and pulled into a nearby tower just before the spectre of Ying Ka Shin had blasted it away. They followed the elemental back to the tower as dusk fell, and they noticed that the elemental was crumbling. It did not have long, and it waited outside with Jasper, who attempted further healing.
The party went inside and had to avoid a few pieces of animated furniture on their way to the great tower behind. As they reached the top of the tower, they discovered the spectre performing some sort of ritual on Kahlan. They fought the spectre, and Tooth was pulled into the Shadowfell. Bavid and Richard rescued Kahlan and brought her outside, but the spectre escaped Tooth and Ruben had to help him cross back over in to the material plane. The whole clearing and house and tree line seemed against them, even the sky was black and starless, the darkness was closing in on them from all sides.
Tooth set to work on an exorcism, and Bavid was able to put his clerical training and holy water to excellent use while Ruben kept Jasper safe. Eventually the spectre was exorcised, and the house was cleared. They decided it was a good enough spot to spend the night, and with a fire and good food and stories, they brought some life back into it.